6 June 2013

We will be revealing latest designs today

Updated design concepts for The Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and YHA Youth Hostel, will be presented to the community for their feedback today, 2pm-8pm.

Members of the public are invited to attend a second consultation event for The Sill project at the Once Brewed YHA, where the project and design team will present the latest designs for the new building following an initial consultation to gather thoughts and ideas earlier this month.

Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall, the architects appointed to work on The Sill project, will lead presentations at 3pm and 6pm, with an opportunity for members of the public to ask any questions and raise any concerns after these presentations and throughout the drop-in session, which runs between 2pm and 8pm.

Alison Thornton-Sykes, from Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall, said: “At our last consultation events, we gathered some really valuable insight from members of the public into the things they would like to see at the new Discovery Centre and things they wouldn’t. It was clear that the community would like to see a venue that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape and one which invites exploration and discovery. Our team has used this feedback to develop emerging design concepts and during the upcoming event, we will be showing how the ideas expressed have been considered throughout the design process.”

John Riddle, Chairman of the National Park Authority would like to see people for local communities, businesses and partner organisations to come along to the next event to see the first models and designs for the planned £10.5m landscape discovery centre. John said “We welcome any additional feedback from members of the community at our next event, to help us move forward with the development of the final designs for The Sill.”

As well as presenting the updated design concepts, the project team from Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA will also be on hand to address concerns raised by members of the public at the previous event, with updates on solutions for any issues fed back.

Stuart Evans, Project Director at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We have used the month between consultation events to further develop our plans for the Landscape Discovery Centre and this includes addressing concerns raised by members of the public at the previous event. We are looking forward to sharing our feedback with the community next week to alleviate any worries they may have, as well as inviting people to tell us their thoughts on the latest designs and ask any additional questions.”

Jake Chalmers, Director of Property at YHA, said: “The Sill is a truly special initiative, which will become a gateway to Northumberland National Park, welcoming new visitors and offering extensive learning and participation activities for generations to come. Significantly, it will be at the heart of the community, with local businesses and attractions given an opportunity to showcase all they have to offer and young people given the chance to widen their horizons from this base at our updated Youth Hostel accommodation. We are appealing to our partners and the community to come on this exciting journey with us and join us at our next event on June 6.”

The development phase of the project has been made possible through funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and this event is part of an extensive consultation process with the local community, gaining their views and feeding into the design and build process as well as the types of activities they would like to see the facility host, before a final design solution is submitted for Round 2 Heritage Lottery Funding in December 2013.

Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA are seeking to secure an additional £2.5 million in funding for the full project costs and to make their vision for The Sill a reality, the project needs your support. You can support The Sill by volunteering, attending one of the project’s consultation events or making a donation towards the £2.5 million target.

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